Clarabelle "Tony" Mintonye was born in Helena, MT to Fannie and Oscar Mintonye. Her dad was an entertainer and trolley car operator. When Tony was one year old, she and her family moved to Jacksonville, OR, where they had a pear ranch. Three years later as her family was moving by covered wagon to Coquille, she fell off the buckboard seat and was nearly run over by the front wheel. She was plucked to safety by one of her brothers.
Tony, one of three sisters and six brothers, grew up in Coquille and Coos Bay. In 1924, she entered Oregon State College where she majored in vocational education and was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. She played on the women's basketball team and led an eventually successful conspiracy for the girls to wear shorts instead of bloomers on the court. She also played on the women's hockey, swimming and track teams, and was a department editor for the Beaver and reporter for the Barometer. She graduated in 1928.
Tony met Harold Huntington, a pharmacy student at OSC and they were married in 1931. Tony and Harold lived in Hollywood, Pasadena, Pomona and finally Ontario, CA, where they operated Huntington Pharmacy, on Euclid Avenue, from 1954 to 1974.
Harold preceded her in death in 1976.
Tony taught math and English and coached girls' athletic teams in the early 1930s in Condon and Coos Bay and taught during the mid-1950s in California. Her favorite pastimes were hiking, sewing and dancing. She believed in responsible citizenship and supported conservative politics. She had strict rules and, by example, led her children and grandchildren into lives filled with adventure, fun and exuberance. In 1997, Tony came full circle and returned to Corvallis to be closer to family and daily care.
Tony and Harold raised three children, DeAnn of Sebastopol, CA, John of Bowling Green, KY and Mike of Corvallis. Tony is survived and loved by her children, nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.